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The latest update as of May 2, 2021


The NHRA put on their third national event of the 2021 season over the weekend, succesfully closing out the 40-year history of the Lucas Oil NHRA Southern Nationals at soon to be demolished Atlanta Dragway. While there less than full fields in a number of categories (Top Fuel, Funny Car, Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car), the stands were packed for the final time and a great race featured some very close competition.

With our focus on Top Alcohol, over the mainstream fan favourites of the PRO categories, we've got the latest points standings in the chase for the 2021 Lucas Oil Drag Racing Series national championships in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car. They are presented below. Racers are allowed to attend 10 national and 5 regional events, and claim points at 7 national and 3 regional events before their points earning ends. Once racers have reached those maximums, the standings will reflect which events they have waived points for.

These are the latest updated standings, courtesy of NHRA. The next two events for the alky cars occur on the same weekend (May 14-16) with a Central Regional at the Texas Motorplex, and the NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at zMax Dragway (Charlotte, NC). The following week sees them racing at the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals at Houston Raceway Park. The season continues with either a regional or national event - or both - almost every week until mid-October.


TAD National Points Standings


TAFC National Points Standings

The latest update as of April 27, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Amarillo - 2021

It's taken a while for the photos from Saturday's eliminations to arrive, but the first batch just dropped into the mailbox. However, we're still waiting on the e.t.'s, speeds, 1st round winners, etc from eliminations. FUNNY CAR CHAOS has posted their updated points standings so we can fill in the blanks on the ladders but we'll have to wait a little longer for the actual numbers. There's going to be a few hundred photos posted here from Saturday so it's going to take a day or two before it's all done. Hit the refresh button each time you drop by to make sure you've got the latest installments. And in some cases, corrections. (Thanks to proofreader BIG Bob).


National anthem on the starting line --- National anthem in the grandstand

Before things got down to business, the Star Spangled Banner brought everyone to their feet, on the track and in the stands

Amarillo Dragway tower --- Vintage USAF flypast

While the announcer held court in front of the tower, a group of vintage USAF warplanes and aerobatic planes did an impressive flypast

Vintage USAF flypast --- Vintage USAF flypast

Vintage USAF flypast

Here's three more images of the vintage warplane flypast during the national anthem. Great shots on a very clear day.

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I'm going out on a limb here, but I think these last two flypast fotos are of a Tiger Moth bi-plane, a favourite of cropdusters and aerobatic flyers. Corrections are cordially invited


ELIMINATIONS - Round One - "A" Field


With the pre-race festivities out of the way, it was time to get down to business, as the first pair of cars rolled out of the staging lanes and fired up to start eliminations. Leading the way were the "A" field.

Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing' (left) vs Steve Vang - 'Weekend Warrior' (right)

Kicking off the first round of eliminations, the #4 and #5 cars in the "A" field faced off. Burning out first was Kirk Williams in the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry. When the light turned green, his opponent, Steve Vang in the "Weekend Warrior" launched into a small wheelstand, and watched Williams drive away from him for the win


Steve Vang - 'Weekend Warrior' ---

Here's a closer look at the new-look for 2021 of the "Weekend Warrior" (aka: Wicked Weekender) car


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More areobatics as the show continues in the sky and on the track. On the left we see a pair of vintage bi-planes, while on the right, a more modern version of the bi-plane with an enclosed two-seater cockpit


Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor' --- Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor'

In the second pairing of the round, Bill Bernard in his late model NHRA Top Alcohol car named "Hellanor", took the automatic win over a red-lighting (not shown) Shayne Lawson


Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'

Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'

Here's a quartet of Nick Poloson in the "Bucket List", burning out and getting a little sideways, then launching hard enroute to the win over the red-lighting (not shown) Jeff Cameron. Just past the finish line, it looks like Poloson got into some more trouble as he bounced across the centerline when he left the prepped and sticky track surface


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express'

Slowing after his burnout, Ken Singleton in the very familiar "High Risk" car (left), got set to face MItch Bowen in the "Northland Express"


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (left) vs Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express' (right)

Coming off the line together, Ken Singleton (left) took the win over Mitch Bowen (right) and advanced to the semifinals


ELIMINATIONS - Round One - "B" Field


Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis'

Burnout time with Nick Johnson on the left, and Jade Cook on the right

Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (left) vs Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Jade Cook - 'Nemesis'

It was an even launch, with both cars reacting quickly; Jade Cook in her "Nemesis" entry (left) matched against Nick Johnson in the "Prairie Fire" (right), but she opened a substantial gap as they passed the 60' clocks, and increased it before stopping the clocks - in what looked like a close race on paper - with a 4.682 - 145.20 to hold off Johnson's 4.686 - 146.65 effort


Stay tuned, as there's much, much more to come over the next few days!


The latest update as of April 25, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Amarillo - 2021

The second event on the 2021 FUNNY CAR CHAOS calendar went off under the lights at Amarillo Dragway last night, and we know who the winners of the three (A,B,C) fields were... but we haven't got any numbers or other results yet. Usually the FCC gang gets things up on their Facebook page within a few hours, but there's nothing there yet.

Winner of the "A" field was defending series champion Ken Singleton in his all-conquering "High Risk" car. Runner-up was Kirk Williams in the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry.

In the "B" field, Daniel Butherus and his "Rat-A-Tude" took the big prize, while series newcomer Jade Cook garnered the runner-up spot in her "Nemesis" entry.

And finally, the "C" field trophy went to Tom Furches and his "Made in America" team. Runner-up was Clay Cunningham in his "Still Crazy" car.

When we see the results, we'll start posting the numbers, but the photos to go with them will have to wait until our photographers - yes, we had two foto-fanatics on hand at Amarillo for a change - get home after two long drives. Bob Snyder back to Phoenix and Dale Fackler to Colorado. Stay tuned for the full report, starting tomorrow.


The latest update as of April 24, 2021


Funny Car Chaos - Amarillo - 2021

After a very successful - and that's putting it mildly - season opener at the Texas Motorplex, the FUNNY CAR CHAOS crews moved on to Amarillo Dragway for their second event of the 2021 season. With 37 cars on the pre-entry list (down a bunch from the world-record breaking 67 cars on the list at the 'Plex) it was still a very strong turnout, portending strong support for the FCC from the racers. Adding a third ("C") field to this race helped keep up the interest level among the racers and may lead to it becoming a fixture at future events. Here is the full report from the first day, Friday, with photos and results from both qualifying sessions.


Amarillo Dragway sign --- Amarillo Dragway 'A' board

After so many years in mothballs, it was very cool to see the original Amarillo Dragway sign (left) on display before qualifying, then we fast forward to 2021 and see the current "A" board (right)


Scott Pareso and crew firing up --- Ray Stringer and crew firing up

A couple of pre-race pit shots are next, with Scott Pareso and the "Altered Reality" crew preparing to fire up the car before the first session, and Ray Stringer and the "Blown Cent-Less" crew spinning it over for the warm-up


FRIDAY - First Qualifying Session


After two days of inclement weather, ranging from hail and rain, to wind and sun, conditions calmed down enough for the first qualifying session at the second FUNNY CAR CHAOS event of the season at venerable Amarillo Dragway. The starting line was tacky but most of the cars lost traction at some point enroute to the finish line. And it wasn't the "Big Show" cars that invaded the Texas Motorplex last month having trouble, as none were present in Amarillo, but everyone from low-buck Chevy operations, to serious blown fuel combos that were struggling to post good numbers. We don't have the first qualifying session results, but numbers quoted in our report are the best recorded for each car after two sessions.


Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' --- Dustin Bradford - 'American Dream'

Two of the series regulars, Daniel Butherus (left) in his Chevy-powered "Rat-A-Tude" and Dustin Bradford in the "American Dream" (right) tried their luck and came up with varying results. Butherus ended up #9 on the qualifying list with a decent 4.672 - 152.09 clocking, while Bradford had obvious problems in his first attempt when the 'chute popped out on the launch. He kept it in to the finish line in the evening session and put down a 5.426 - 137.83 for the #17 spot on the list


Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk' --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'

Two long distance travellers came out next, with Don Knoblauch making the long tow down from Sumner, WA to run his "Atomic Punk" Camaro,(left) but not finding results to his liking as his best pass of the day was only 7.011 - 72.42, landing him in the #23 slot. Coming from even farther afield, Edmonton, AB, Canada's Tim Boychuk brought his popular "Happy Hour" entry out for the first time in 18 months, and slipped and slid to a 5.459 - 125.57 for the #18 position


Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express' --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros. Racing'

Coming out strong in his "Northland Express", Flagstaff, Arizona's Mitch Bowen (left) surprised quite a few people with a strong #3 qualifying pass of 4.405 - 160.50 pass. On the other hand, Kirk Williams in the "Williams Bros. Racing" entry, didn't get very far before shutting off to a last on the list 11.435 - 47.29, only "good" for the #29 spot on the list


Ray Stringer - 'Blown Cent-Less' --- Ray Stringer - 'Blown Cent-Less'

It looks like a full-on burnout on the left and the start of a second one on the right, but Ray Stringer in the "Blown Cent-Less" entry had major grip issues on his launch, and could only manage a best of 7.525 - 116.55 to end the day far down the ladder in the #26 position


Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' --- Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre'

Coming out with a new body and new look this year was Steve Vang, as the "Wicked Weekender" (left) managed to put himself solidly into the "A" field (at least provisionally) with a 4th best 4.478 - 148.40 pass. The only Chevy Vega in the field, the "Hombre" driven by Mike Buchanan (right) was well down the list, clocking in at 5.346 - 104.46 for the #16 spot


Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

A newcomer to the circuit this year, Jade Cook in the "Nemesis" (left), didn't get too far under power, with a timeslip reading 6.060 - 78.57, only good enough for the #21 position. Faring a little better was the beautiful high country Camaro of Colorado's Keith Jackson (right), as the "High Heaven" kept the throttle open long enough to land in the #15 spot with a 5.294 - 101.65 pass


Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' --- Scott Pareso - 'Altered Reality' (near 
lane) vs Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (far lane)


Bill Bernard - 'Hellanor' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' --- Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop'


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' 
(near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)


Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (near lane) 
vs Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' (far lane) --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender'


Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

Taking up a lot of space on the page is one of our favourite FCC cars, the very photogenic "Cone Hunter" entry of Albuquerque's Lyle Greenberg, seen doing his burnout, then backing up (upper photos), then leaving the line, dropping cylinders and spinning the tires hard (lower photos). The results weren't pretty as the scoreboards told the tale with a 7.448 - 107.43 displayed


Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' --- Nancy Matter - 'Guardian'

Late in the first session the Texas-based "Guardian" of Nancy Matter ran, but she didn't get very far under power and ended up near the bottom of the list (#27) with a clocking of 8.524 - 79.69. The team was obviously hoping for much better results in the evening session


Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Storm Clouds

Closing out the first session was Nick Poloson (right), as he topped the charts, with a very good (for the conditions) 4.159 - 170.83 in the "Bucket List" car to take provisional pole going into the evening session. As the crews got busy in the pits prepping for the second session, the ever-threatening storm clouds gathered over the track


FRIDAY - Second Qualifying Session


With the temperatures dropping rapidly after sunset, a number of teams decided against trying to hook up on the cold track and stayed in the pits. A few of the teams managed to improve but most of the racers were hoping for much better conditions in the final qualifying session on Saturday afternoon. With a better weather forecast on tap, it seemed like a prudent move. As the FCC gang doesn't provide separate reports for the first two sessions, we can only report the best numbers recorded for each racer from the combined results.


Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Blaine Cunningham - 'Animalize'

Streaking into the night, the "Prairie Fire", driven by Nick Johnson (left) anchored the "A" field in the #8 spot, with a solid 4.659 - 148.65, while Blaine Cunningham in his "Animalize" entry (right) went nowhere in a hurry, finally stopping the clocks at 8.983 - 71.96, leaving him near the bottom of the pack


Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' --- Andy Mears - Dragon Slayer'

The old school '55 Chevy (or is it a '57 ?) "Dragon Slayer" of Andy Mears ended up in the middle of the "B" field (#12) with a decent 4.987 - 132.16 e.t. and speed


Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk' --- Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic Punk'

Coming all the way from Washington state, the "Atomic Punk" of Don Knoblauch (left) had some extra tuning help on hand, as Jeff 'The Surfer' Diehl joined the team for the weekend. His first effort ended early with a 7.011 - 72.42 timeslip and a good second try was negated by rolling the lights and getting a NTR (no time recorded timeslip)


Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour' --- Tim Boychuk - 'Happy Hour'

Out for the first time in a very long time, Canada's Tim Boychuk in the "Happy Hour" Camaro, couldn't have been overjoyed with an 18th best 5.459 - 125.57 that put him all the way down into the (just added) "C" field. With only one more chance to knock off the rust, Boychuk and crew have to be hoping for much better numbers on Saturday


Tom Furches - 'Made in America' --- Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'

Enjoying the day much more was Oklahoma's Shayne Lawson (right) as the sharp looking "Man O' War" pounded out a good 4.560 - 120.51 for the #6 spot and a chance to play in the "A" field on Saturday night


Ray Stringer - 'Blown Cent-Less' --- Ray Stringer - 'Blown Cent-Less'

As reported earlier, Ray Stringer and his "Blown Cent-Less" didn't exactly light up the scoreboards with a best of 7.525 - 116.55.


Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' --- Tod Barker - 'Back in Black'

We're not sure if Steve Vang and his "Wicked Weekender" (left) improved in the evening session, but he managed to hold on to the #4 position, while Tod Barker's "Back in Black" 'Vette surprised a few people with the second fastest speed of the day, and the #5 qualifying position, with a very good 4.523 - 163.63 timeslip


Jeff Cameron - 'Jake's Speed Shop' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'

Sporting new colours for the 2021 season, the former "Magnolia Missile" of Jeff Cameron (left) is now known as "Jake's Speed Shop", and he didn't disappoint his new sponsors, coming in as the #7 qualifier at 4.588 - 139.53. The best looking 'Vette in the pits, the "Cone Hunter" of New Mexico's Lyle Greenberg (right) had mixed feelings about his evening pass, as he lit the tires on the launch and stayed with it, smoking the tires to the finish line and finally stopping the clocks at 7.448 - 107.43 to sit just outside the "C" field at #25. It wasn't good, but it was spectacular


Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' --- Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy'

Two of the final shots from this report featured Clay Cunningham in the "Still Crazy" entry (left), on his way to an on-and-off (and probably at least one more on-and-off) before the clocks (finally) stopped at 6.240 - 128.05 that put him in the #22 spot


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

Late in the evening Chuck Loftin in the "Motivation" Mustang made his second attempt, shutting off early to a 5.235 - 104.54, only good enough for the #14 spot on the ladder

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

Saving the best for last, defending Funny Car Chaos series champion, Ken Singleton in the "High Risk" entry shut off a tad early on his qualifier and slipped into the #2 spot on the ladder with a 4.173 - 142.34 timeslip, landing less than two hundredths of a second behind the provisional #1 qualifer, Nick Poloson


Going through the results, it's obvious that most cars shut off before the finish line as the 200+ mph speeds at previous events (especially the season opener at the Texas Motorplex) were lacking, as Nick Poloson's top speed of the day (170.83) would have been well down the rankings at almost any other event on the schedule. Here's hoping for a tighter track and warmer track temperatures on Saturday. Stay tuned for more pictures from Friday's qualifying and results from Saturday's eliminations.


The latest update as of April 20, 2021


Following the conclusion of the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA Four-Wide Nationals at Las Vegas, here are the latest points standings in the Top Alcohol classes. The next event on their calendar was scheduled for last weekend at World Wide Technology Raceway (Madison, IL) but weather forced it to be rescheduled to October 1-3. The next national event for the alky cars is this coming weekend at Atlanta Dragway. Then they have a week off before back-to-back national events at Charlotte, NC (NGK NTK NHRA Four-Wide Nationals) and Houston, TX (MOPAR Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals).


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER


TAD National Points Standings

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR


TAFC National Points Standings

The latest update as of March 31, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

Much more to come, but here's the start of the photos from Friday night's first two qualifying sessions for Funny Car Chaos and Outlaw Fuel Altereds from the 'Plex.

Friday, April 2, 2021 UPDATE: Added the balance of Friday night's qualifying shots. That's the easy part done; now all I have to do is re-arrange everything in a chronological order and caption every photo. Looks like a long weekend's worth of work...


Kebin Kinsley (left) 
and Richard Hartman (right) --- Kebin Kinsely - 'War 
Wagon' (near lane) vs Richard Hartman - 'Wilkerson & Hartman' (far lane)

Steve Vang - 'Wicked 
Weekender' (near lane) vs Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress' (far lane) --- Daniel Butherus - 
'Rat-a-Tude' (near lane) vs Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' Okie' (far lane)

Doug Schneider - 'Schneider 
Racing' (near lane) vs -obscured- (far lane) --- Charles Ware - 'Juggling 
Rubies' (near lane) vs Levi Keenen - 'Illinois Thunder' (far lane)

Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew 
Thunder' --- Shane Blanton - 'Bad 
Company'

Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' 
(near lane) vs Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (far lane) --- Ray Stringer - 'Blown 
Cent-Less' (near lane) vs Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express' (far lane)

Jeff Cameron - 'Magnolia 
Missile' (near lane) vs Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane) --- Ray Martin - 'Worsham 
Racing' (near lane) vs Kyle Smith - 'Smith Family Racing' (far lane)

Terry Haddock - 'Circle K' (near lane) 
vs Todd Simpson - 'Simpson Racing' (far lane) --- Kirk Williams - 'Williams Bros.'

Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' 
(near lane) vs Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' (far lane) --- Michael Tobacco - 'Pandemic' 
(near lane) vs Scott Cousimano - 'Nitro Mafia' (far lane)

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' 
(near lane) vs Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown' (far lane) --- Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas'

driver unknown - 
'Sundancer' --- Terry Totten - 'Rednecks 
'N Fuel'

Johnny West - 'Plan A' --- Rick Lewelling - 'Midnight 
Special' (near lane) vs Mark Hunter - 'Jailbreak'

Raymond Dawson - 'High 
Octane' (near lane) vs Keith Zimmerer - 'Penny Pincher' (far lane) --- Jimmy Jones - 'Texas Tremor' 
(near lane) vs Bobby Marriott - 'Shockwave' (far lane)

Jody Austin - 'BushWhacker' --- John Broussard - 'Purple 
Haze' (near lane) vs Mary Reep - 'Grim Reeper' (far lane)

Levi Keenen - 'Illinois 
Thunder' (near lane) vs Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (far lane) --- Andy Mears - 'Dragon Slayer' 
(near lane) vs Danny Smith - 'Snafu' (far lane)

Allan Middendorf - 'American 
Outlaw' --- Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' 
Okie' (near lane) vs Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (far lane)

Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' 
(near lane) vs Scott Palmer - 'Scott Palmer Racing' (far lane) --- Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' 
(near lane) vs Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress' (far lane)

Scott Pareso - 'Altered 
Reality' (near lane) vs Mitch Bowen - 'Northland Express (far lane) --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' 
(near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

Jade Cook -'Nemesis --- Kyle Smith - 'Smith Family 
Racing' (near lane) vs Mark Billington - 'Sons of Thunder' (far lane)

Blaine Cunningham - 'Animalize' 
(near lane) vs Clay Cunningham - 'Still Crazy' (far lane) --- Daniel Butherus - 'Rat-A-Tude' 
(near lane) vs Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' (far lane)

Mike Newkirk - 'Disturbed' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone 
Hunter'

John Hale - 'Red Baron' --- John Hale - 'Red Baron'


The latest update as of March 30, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

As promised, we've got lots and lots of photos from NITRO MADNESS but it's going to take a few days to get them all sorted and captioned and posted. Yeah, yeah, same old, same old from Northern Thunder, but we are working on it now. Here's a grab-bag of stuff from Saturday night (without captions) until we can go through all the pics and put the stories together to go with them. Stay tuned!


SATURDAY - Final Qualifying Session


Kebin Kinsley - 
'War Wagon' --- Danny Smith - 
'Snafu' (left) vs Jade Cook - 'Nemesis' (right)

Chris Schneider - 
'Brutus' --- Nancy Matter - 
'Guardian'

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' 
(left) vs Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress' (right) --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!'

Ray Martin - 'Worsham 
Racing' --- Vic Tiffin - 'Gold Digger'

Mitch Bowen - 'Northland 
Express' --- Chuck Loftin - 
'Motivation'

Don Knoblauch - 'Atomic 
Punk' --- Terry Totten - 'Rednecks 
'n Fuel'

Richard Hartman - 
'Wilkerson & Hartman' - AA/FA


SATURDAY - Eliminations

We're still sifting through all the pictures and going over the results so it's going to be a while before we have this all organized and captioned. Please bear with us.


Richard Hartman - 
'Wilkerson & Hartman (near lane) vs Kebin Kinsley - 'War Wagon' (far lane) --- Del Worsham - 
'Worsham & Fink' burnout

Allan Middendorf - 
'American Outlaw' burnout --- Allan Middendorf - 
'American Outlaw' (near lane) vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (far lane)

Stevce Timoszyk - 
'Detroit Tiger' --- Tod Barker - 
'Back in Black' (near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

Clint Cross - 
'Cross Ways' (near lane) vs Cory Holcomb - 'Black Widow' (far lane) --- Johnny West - 
'Plan A' (near lane) vs Robert Winefsky - 'Nitro Moose' (far lane)

Del Worsham - 
'Worsham & Fink (near lane) vs Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' (far lane) --- Nick Polloson - 
'Bucket List' (near lane) vs Doug Schneider - 'Schneider Racing' (far lane)

Scott Palmer - 
'Scott Palmer Racing' (near lane) vs Terry Haddock - 'Haddock Racing' (far lane) --- Bill Bernard - 
'BNT Motorsports' (near lane) vs Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' (far lane)

Keith Jackson - 
'High Heaven' (near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane) --- Robert Winefsky - 
'Nitro Moose' (far lane)

Anthony Whitfield - 
'Mighty Mouse' (near lane) vs Robert Winfesky - 'Nitro Moose' (far lane) --- Bobby Marriott - 
'Shockwave' - burnout

Donny McSwain - 
'Wild One' (near lane) vs Aaron Morrow - 'Nitro Relapse' (far lane) --- Michael Neal - 
'Dixie Fever' (near lane) vs 'Black Magic' (far lane)

Joe Bush - 
Silver Bullet B/G (near lane) --- Blue Collar - 
White Trash B/G (near lane)


The latest update as of March 29, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

Starting with the Outlaw Fuel Altered final, and working our way up to the Funny Car Chaos "A" field, here's the final round shots to get this party started. Stay tuned for many, many more over the next few days.


Mary Reep - 'Grim Reeper' 
(near lane) vs Aaron Morrow - 'Nitro Relapse' (far lane)

The first pair out of the lanes for the finals, were from the Outlaw Fuel Altereds association, and they produced a great race, with Aaron Morrow driving the Morrow & Darby "Nitro Relapse" (far lane) against Mary Reep in the family operated "Grim Reeper". Leaving first, but unfortunately with a BIG redlight shining on her side of the tree, was Mary Reep, handing the automatic win to Aaron Morrow.

Bob Alberty Jr. - 'Thunderin' 
Okie' (near lane) vs Tom Furches - 'Made in America' (far lane)

Next up was the final for the "D" field, and it featured Bob Alberty Jr. in his beautiful "Thunderin' Okie" (near lane), who redlighted (and shutoff) away his chance against Tom Furches in the "Made in America" (far lane). Furches laid down his best run of eliminations (4.069 - 164.25) for the win.

Levi Keenen - 'Illinois 
Thunder' (near lane) vs Bill Bernard -

Moving on to the "C" field final, it featured the Plymouth Arrow-bodied "Illinois Thunder" of Levi Keenen (near lane), but his best of eliminations pass of 3.820 - 194.64 fell to the very strong 3.669 - 205.07 winning run of the alky burning "BTnT Motorsports" entry of Bill Bernard in the far lane.

Scott Palmer -

Getting down to the final two races of the weekend, NHRA Top Fuel racer Scott Palmer brought out his new Top Alcohol Funny Car (near lane), and despite improving on every run, lost traction early and shutoff to a 5-second pass, dropping the decision to Doug Schneider's excellent 3.717 - 200.12 in his "Schneider Racing" entry. The "B" field was predominantly alcohol cars, as only three of the eight cars were nitro-fuelled.

Del Worsham - 'Worsham & 
Fink' (near lane) vs Kyle Smith - 'Smith Family Racing' (far lane)

The biggest race of the weekend, between the underdog blown alky car of Kyle Smith in his "Smith Family Racing" Mustang (far lane), and the NHRA Big Show-legal blown fuel entry of Del Worsham in the "Worsham & Fink" Toyota didn't quite live up to expectations, as Worsham smoked the tires and shut off early, while Smith rang up his quickest and fastest ever 1/8-mile time at 3.614 - 211.41 for the BIG win. Worsham tried his best, pedalling to a 4.718 e.t. and coasting across the finish line at 105.87 mph.


The latest update as of March 28, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

It was a long, tough weekend for all concerned at the FUNNY CAR CHAOS season opener at the Texas Motorplex. Finishing really late Friday night, then wrapping not quite as late last night, the FCC teams put on an awesome show with some incredible performances and surprising results. The winners of the "A" and "B" fields were driving blown alky floppers, and they prevailed over their heavily favoured nitro burning opponents.

Despite series record performances in qualifying and the first round of eliminations, culminating in all-time bests of 3.207 - 270+ timeslips, Del Worsham shook, smoked, and sashayed down the track, as Kyle Smith laid down another consistent low-3.60 pass to turn on the winlight. His winning e.t. was a career best (over the 1/8-th mile) of 3.61 - 211.41 in his NHRA-legal Top Alcohol Funny Car.

As they promised, tuner Tim Wilkerson and driver Richard Hartman broke the 300-mph barrier on Saturday, with another jaw-dropping 4.920 - 304.53 pass. It wasn't easy as the car started hazing the tires at half-track, but Hartman stayed with it all the way to the 1320 stripe, with lots of engine smoke trailing at that point. Despite many old-school naysayers objections to the "pedigree" of the car, it was still an absolutely remarkable performance for a car without much downforce or aerodynamics.

With so many cars running over the two-day event, our photographer didn't get much sleep - in bed at 3:00 a.m. both days - and that didn't leave much - if any - photo processing time. His latest message, coming in this morning as he started the long drive home, was "don't expect to see any pics until Tuesday"... so we'll all just have to wait patiently until then.


The latest update as of March 27, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

Our correspondent (BIG Bob Snyder) didn't send any photos last night, probably due to the late hour that qualifying finished at, but the BIGGGGG broke through on Facebook. A new Funny Car Chaos record, by an absolute TON was set by Del Worsham at.... are you ready for this for an 1/8-mile clocking: 3.210 - 270.90. Comparing the e.t. to the speeds recorded at the Gatornationals, it appears that he might have even shut off a tad early. The final qualifying session for the big race tonight didn't show any improvement for Del, but he's at the very top of the 63 cars that recorded an e.t. (68 cars made at least an attempted pass). There's only 32 spots for eliminations tonight, splite into four 8-car fields, with an ultimate bump spot held down by Keith Jackson in the "High Heaven" Camaro at 4.086 - 185.66.

The other really big news was an absolute World Record for a AA/Fuel Altered, set by Richard Hartman in a chassis provided by his employer Tim Wilkerson. Some diehards have complained that it's just a "big show" funny car with an altered body and corporate sponsorship adorning its sides. Yes, that's true in one sense, but Hartman took pains to explain that it was using antiquated big-show running gear, but that was still sufficient to put down an absolutely jaw-dropping 4.920 - 296.13 pass last night. That was on the full quarter-mile as he's taking part in a bit of a world record setting competition with the Farris brothers "War Wagon" car, piloted by Kebin Kinsley. The last words from Hartman were "We're going to see if we can run 300 on Saturday night". Hang on to see if it happens.

Here's the link to the YouTube video of the Friday evening pass. There's a semi-cool two-minute solo guitar rendition (ala Jimi Hendrix at Woodstock over 50 years ago) of the Star Spangled Banner, complete with slow-motion shots of the team getting ready to fire the car, followed by the awesome side-by-side battle with Kinsley.


The latest update as of March 25, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

Here's a few pics from yesterday's test 'n tune at the Texas Motorplex. Only a few of the cars were ready to test the track and shake off the off-season rust, but those that did hit the track were some of the best on the property. Remember, we've got heaps more coming over the weekend.


Scott Palmer - burnout --- Lynn Logue - 'Back In Black'

(LEFT) Making his first appearance at an FCC event, and checking out his new NHRA-legal Top Alky flopper, Scott Palmer warms up the tires before making a check-out pass

(RIGHT) Winding up the tires as the traction takes hold, Lynn Logue takes the "Back In Black" Firebird down track

Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(LEFT) Making an early pass, Chuck Loftin tries out the Texas traction with his "Motivation" Mustang

(RIGHT) Sporting some new sponsors, Ken Singleton crosses the starting line on the burnout in his "High Risk" entry

Mitch King - 'Bone Bucket' --- Mitch King - 'Haddock Racing'

(LEFT) We haven't seen this car or driver for quite a while, but Mitch King brought out his infamous "Bone Bucket" Fuel Altered to shake the rust off himself and the car at the 'Plex

(RIGHT) What if they held a Funny Car race and a Top Fuel Dragster showed up? While he can't compete against the floppers, Mitch King came out of a long retirement from the NHRA Big Show (since 2004) to update his license in Terry Haddock's "rent-a-ride" Top Fueler. Here he blazes the hides on his first burnout in the car

Scott Palmer - burnout --- Lynn Logue - 'Back In Black'

(LEFT) Back up for another hit, Scott Palmer blazes across the starting line in his Tommy Thompson-backed alky flopper

(RIGHT) The "other" "Back In Black" entry in the field, this one owned and driven by Lynn Logue" made a test pass

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

(LEFT) Launching hard with the front wheels skimming the surface, defending FCC Series champion, Ken Singleton tries out the Texas traction with the "High Risk" car

(RIGHT) With the Hoosier's wrinkling nicely, Chuck Loftin launches his "Motivation" Mustang in the late afternoon

Scott Palmer --- Tod Barker - 'Back in Black'

(LEFT) Scott Palmer pulls into the beams in his brand new Top Alcohol flopper

(RIGHT) Preparing to stage before a check-out pass, Tod Barker and crew line up the "Back In Black" 'Vette


Near the end of the pre-race party in the pits, there was a large banner presented to the "King and Queen" of Funny Car Chaos, two of the hardest working and most deserving of success people in the sport of drag racing, Chris & Tera Graves


The latest update as of March 25, 2021


Nitro Madness 2021

It's happening baby! Yesterday the pits started filling at the Texas Motorplex (Ennis, TX) for what should be the event of the 2021 Funny Car Chaos season. The sun was out in the morning, cars were being unloaded and pit areas set up for this weekend's FCC extravaganza. At last count; hang on, let me check the website again..... yes, it's 69 funny cars and 17 AA/Fuel Altereds on the entry list. Today is just another move-in day, but tomorrow there will be a test 'n tune for all entrants from 10am - 4pm, followed by the first two qualifying sessions at 6pm and 9pm. With that many fuel-burning (most of them anyway) it's going to be a long night that will probably stretch into the early hours of Saturday morning before the nitro fumes and tire smoke dissipate.

Our intrepid southwest correspondent, BIG Bob Snyder arrived early and sent us a small taste of what's happening already as some series regulars and a well-known newcomer to the Chaos crew started prepping for the weekend. There's going to be heaps of pics coming our way over the next 72 hours, so stay tuned.


Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' --- Terry Haddock - 'Circle K'

(LEFT) Series regular Tod Barker with his black and blue-flamed "Back In Black" Corvette returns.

(RIGHT) Another NHRA fuel racer, diehard Terry Haddock unloads his regular ride as he prepares for his second FCC race, following on last year's successful outing at San Antonio (runner-up in the "A" field) where he ran several 3.50's and hit a top speed of 234.74 mph.

Scott Palmer --- Scott Palmer

(LEFT) First thing out of the trailer was the de-rigeur 5000-hp Margarita Mixer, complete with an altered grille. Looks like they learned some lessons from the Worsham family's similar machine that I first saw at the March Meet nearly ten years ago. One blip of the throttle and you've instantly got 5 gallons of margarita.

(RIGHT) Taking up lots of space with his BIG Show transporter, NHRA Top Fuel regular, Scott Palmer brought one of his other toys to the race (he's also got a Top Fuel Hydro, and a '53 Studebaker with a full-on blown fuel engine).

Lynn Logue - 'Back In Black' --- Lynn Logue - 'Back In Black'

Just to confuse the announcers, there's two "Back In Black" entries, but this Firebird-bodied car is driven by Lynn Logue. It's also got flames, but black and gold ones. The photo on the left appeared to show him having half of Texas available for his pit area, but all that empty space will soon be filled with transporters, race cars, crews and equipment.

Highway Hell

The ominously dark clouds that had gradually gathered during the afternoon let loose with a fury when Bob left the track for the motel as you can see in his last photo of the day. However, the weather forecast for the weekend is looking much better. The only worry is a "risk of thunderstorms" on Saturday afternoon.


The latest update as of March 22, 2021


Following the conclusion of the Western Regional event at Las Vegas, here are the current points standings in Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car.

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The latest update as of March 21, 2021


A schedule change partway through the day at Las Vegas yesterday (due to high winds) saw the Top Alcohol cars run their second and third (final) qualifying sessions before launching into the first round of eliminations late in the day. The winds had died down and the 4000+ ft. adjusted altitude dropped to "just" 3662 ft. for the first round.

The dragsters led off with Joey Severance picking up the pace to put down a 5.286 - 273.66 to leave a tire-smoking Kim Parker with a long slow drive back to the pits. The next pair turned into a single as Mike Burns was unable to bring the idle down after the burnout, and couldn't get the car in reverse, forcing him to shut off and hop over the wall so the Eastern invader, Jackie Fricke, could make a very good 5.270 - 275.39 pass to advance to the semifinal. Following that, the next pair of A/Fuelers saw Casey Grisel take the measure of Mitch Myers by a 5.388 to 5.571 margin.

Saving the best for last, the low qualifying "Team Canada" entry of Langley, BC's Shawn Cowie bombed the scoreboards with a new low e.t. and top speed of the meet at 5.189 - 278.52 to leave fellow Division Six competitor Garrett Bateman far behind at the finish line, despite a decent 5.480 - 265.48 effort. The only downside to Cowie's very convincing win was that it matched him up with his Northwest nemesis, Severance, in the semi-final. Although Cowie holds lane choice by a full tenth, he will have to be sharp on the starting line to get past Severance.

That matchup was scheduled for noon today, but a couple of lengthy oildowns (20 minutes for a SuperComp car, and a full hour for a Top Dragster) have pushed the schedule back quite a bit so we'll have wait a bit for that result.

Before we close off for now, we can quickly mention the first round of Top Alcohol Funny Car eliminations from yesterday. The first - and only - pair featured Nick Januik taking what would have been a very close win (5.644 to 5.635) over Ray Martin... except for Martin's -.038 redlight. Januik did pick up a little more than a tenth from his qualifying number, while Martin was slightly quicker too. Finishing the very abbreviated round was a bye run into the final for the 2020 World Champion Doug Gordon who improved over his very good low qualifying 5.589 - 265.69 effort, with a slightly better 5.551 - 265.80 timeslip, and lane choice for this afternoon's final against Las Vegas local Januik.


The latest update as of March 20, 2021


The third regional event on the 2021 NHRA schedule is underway at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Featuring the Top Alcohol classes, the event has drawn an overflow field of 13 dragsters (10 injected and 3 blown), but just three funny cars. Three cars for a West Coast-ish event? Hmmm.... On the good side of the news, the bump spot for the dragsters is a 5.62 after one session, which saw 12 of the 13 cars making their first runs of the season. With two more qualifiers on tap for this afternoon, the bubble will almost certainly drop into the low 5.40's or better. On the (not so) funny side of the pits, all three cars - all quality cars by the way - are automatically into the semi-finals and the low qualifier will have a bye into the final round tomorrow.

Contestant numbers in Top Alcohol Funny Car haven't been good to this point of the season, with only five cars attending the Regional opener at No Problem Raceway, followed by nine cars at the "Baby" Gators and the Gatornationals. Now we're down to just three cars at Las Vegas. I've got to think that the turnout at the next event on the schedule, the Denso Spark Plugs Four Wide Nationals, also at Las Vegas, will see a much larger contingent of funny cars.

So what happened to the traditional NHRA season opener, the WINTERNATIONALS? It was originally planned for the week after Easter, April 9 - 11, but the latest health orders in California have precluded that happening until later in the year. How much later? It's really unknown at this point. In a similar vein, the first event on the NHRA Heritage Series calendar, the fabled MARCH MEET at Famoso, California is now tentatively scheduled for May 25 - 27th instead of the obvious early March date. And the rescheduled date isn't even firm at this point.

Let's turn to the good news, and there's plenty of it from the FUNNY CAR CHAOS gang, with their season starting next weekend at the Texas Motorplex. The pre-entry list of Funny Cars was up to 67 cars at one point, but has since fallen to "only".... hold on, STOP THE KEYBOARD.... As of right now, the list is back up to 69 cars, including at least five "Big Show" capable entries (Scott Palmer, Terry Haddock, Del Worsham, Todd Simpson, Terry Totten), and a host of full-on NHRA Top Alcohol cars (Chip Beverett, Ray Drew, Kyle Smith, Bill Naves, Mark Billington, Bill Bernard,). And I won't even try to list the Heritage Series legal cars, but there's lots of them too.

Did I mention the Fuel Altered show that's running in conjunction with the Funny Cars? There were 21 pre-entries, but that's since been trimmed to just 17 cars, almost all of which are burning serious amounts of nitro. Is that enough? Or do you want a few jet cars thrown in, plus "Dirty South" Gassers, and a host of other racing entertainment. Browsing through all the very cool FCC posters produced for this race shows an attempt to set a world record for a Fuel Altered... running a full quarter-mile. The current standard is a 5.286 (set by Joey Haas in 2013) and a mind-boggling 286.07 (by Ron Fassl in 2005). The Farris brothers, with Kebin Kinsley in the HOT seat, will be going all-out to shatter both ends of the record at the Motorplex.

That's enough for this morning, but I'll be back tomorrow with some updates from Las Vegas, and the latest NHRA Top Alcohol points standings on Monday. Stay tuned!


The latest update as of March 10, 2021


AMALIE Oil NHRA Gatornationals

It's a little hard to believe, but the first national event on the 2021 NHRA schedule is set to begin in less than 24 hours at Gainesville Raceway. In a way, it's actually been going for nearly a week already, with the "Baby Gators" last weekend, followed by two days of testing earlier this week. The bigger show starts tomorrow morning with Sportsman qualifying, then the Pro and Semi-Pro teams begin qualifying on Friday morning. The weather outlook is excellent, with very little chance of rain, and plenty of sunny Florida skies, accompanied with high temperatures around 80 F (27 C) each day. Almost perfect racing conditions, and if the elapsed times and speeds already recorded over the past week are an indication, it's going to be QUICK and FAST.

The Top Alcohol cars have run two regional events already, with last weekend's Eastern Regional at Gainesville, and the previous weekend's Central Regional in Belle Rose, LA. While the car turnout at the Louisiana race was a little low, with just five Funny Cars and eight Dragsters, the quality of competition was high. And last weekend's Gainesville race saw 14 Dragsters and nine Funny Cars. Showing how tough the competition was this early in the season, the bump spot for the funnies was 5.662, while the bubble for the dragsters was a fairly stout 5.317, with the first alternate at 5.365.

While there are a total of 18 Dragsters (three blown and 15 injected) on the entry list for the Gatornationals, there are just nine Funny Cars on the list. Although the quality of the nine entries is fairly high, the non-participation has got to be worrying for the class. Yes, there are numerous reasons why a lot of cars are still sitting at home, from the pandemic, to the economy, to the uncertainty of the schedule(s). Even though there are strong signs that the worst of the pandemic is over, and restrictions on "normal" life are being, or soon will be, lifted and/or eased, it's still a tough ask to haul a car a long way to a race with all the uncertainty surrounding the sport at the moment.

That said, it's time to deal with what's happening now and enjoy the start of a new season of serious drag racing. We'll bring you a synopsis of what lies ahead in the fuel and alcohol categories over the next two days, then get into the results from Gainesville as they start coming in on Friday morning. Stay tuned!


The latest update as of November 22, 2020


My apologies to our midwest coorespondent, Bill Jeffery for taking so long to post some of the great photos he took at the final day of the 26th annual World Power Wheelstanding Championship" from Byron Dragway in early October. Ouch! Has it really been that long? Oh well, we've got all the photos sorted and will present the full complement in the Features section very soon.

26th annual World Power Wheelstanding Championship

Jeff Winn Racing Yellow 
Convertible --- Black Pickup
Vintage Motorology Red Vega --- Sweet William 
Black Camaro (US Flag)
Pearce Racing Red Camaro --- Red Camaro
Red '55 Chevy --- Dominic Ambrosini
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Not all the attempts ended well as you can see from the last two sets of shots. We'll have the full sequence of this pass and a few other hair-raising efforts posted as soon as we can.


The latest update as of November 15, 2020


It's been very quiet here this month but we've got some photos and words from our ever-intrepid SouthWestern correspondent "BIG" Bob Snyder. He attended the final Western Fuel Altered Association event of the 2020 season this weekend at Tucson Dragway. Qualifying ran on Friday night, and eliminations were yesterday on what was a very cold and somewhat slippery track in the Arizona desert. With ten cars in attendance, plus a few others testing, the variety of machinery was welcomed by the fans, and the performances improved as eliminations progressed. Note that the racers were running on a 6.70 index to level the playing field for the various engine and chassis configurations.


Western Fuel Altered Association logo

Western Fuel Altered Invitational - ADRA Memorial Race - Tucson Dragway - Tucson, AZ - November 14, 2020


Running in conjunction with the ADRA Memorial Race, the Western Fuel Altered gang put on a great show for the Tucson fans. With a total of 10 cars attempting to qualify, over two days and three sessions, the decision was made to put everybody - at least everyone who wasn't broken - into eliminations. Only one racer. Tony D'Orca failed to appear for the first round, but a bonus of two cars testing, Rob Winefsky's AA/Fuel Altered and Phil Flower's Funny Car, added to the show.

Phil Flower FC --- (near lane) Greg Holman - 'Carbon Copy' vs 
(far lane) Sheldon Lofgreen

(LEFT) Between working on Sheldon Lofgreen's fuel altered, crewman Phil Flower found the time to make a few check-out passes in his recently completed Funny Car

(RIGHT) Here's a shot from the final qualifying session on Saturday morning, featuring (near lane) Greg Holman in his "Carbon Copy" 23-T, running against (in the far lane) Sheldon Lofgreen. Holman ended up in the #6 position, with a best qualifying number of 6.911 - 205.07, while Lofgreen fell just short of the top of the charts, finishing in the #2 spot with a best of 6.795 - 191.21

Sean Cash AA/FA --- Sean Cash AA/FA

Out testing in preparation for license runs in a "big show"-style AA/Fuel Altered, Sean Cash brought out his "Rabble Rouser", burning out on the left and launching hard on a planned early shutoff on the right. Assisting Cash in getting himself and the car dialled in is legendary Fuel Altered (and Funny Car and Top Fuel) owner, driver, and tuner Johnny West. The plan for Cash is to run the Midwest Fuel Altered Association in 2021

Round One Eliminations

(near lane) Mic Williams vs (far lane) Scott 
Pareso --- (near lane) Mitch Bowen -

(LEFT) In first round action, Mic Williams in the "Redeemer" (near lane) took on Scott Pareso (far lane) in the unique twin-turbo big-block Chevy. The winlight came on in Pareso's lane as he carded a 6.953 to easily cover Williams' losing 7.240 effort

(RIGHT) The next pair turned into a virtual single for the "Rust Bucket" of Flagstaff (AZ)'s Mitch Bowen (near lane) as his opponent (Pat Neal) in the far lane pitched the blower belt on the launch and barely left the starting line. Bowen stopped the clocks with a close-to-the-index 6.761 for the win

(near lane) Sheldon Lofgreen vs (far lane) 
Greg Holman - 'Carbon Copy' --- (near lane) Terri Brewster - 'Retro Rocket' vs 
(far lane) Steve Faller - 'Bad Moon Rising'

(LEFT) Another turbo monster, this time featuring a TFX hemi, was driven by Sheldon Lofgreen (near lane), matched up against Greg Holman (far lane). It was an ultra-close match as both drivers flirted with the 6.70 index and clocked identical times of 6.736. Taking the win via reaction time advantage was Lofgreen

(RIGHT) The last pair of the first round was a bit of an oddity. In the near lane, Terri Brewster launched her "Retro Rocket" front-engine dragster before the tree was activated, taking the automatic loss, and handing the win to the far lane's Steve "Flattop" Faller" in his "Bad Moon Rising" altered. He didn't get a time either as he also left before the tree, but the "first or worst" rule applied in this case

Keith Livsey RED

What if they held a fuel altered race and a "Top Fuel" car showed up? Keith Livsey brought out his twin-mag late-model BAE-powered dragster and was slotted into the show to help amp up the entertainment value for the fans. He qualified #1 with a 6.765, and took a first-round bye in the 9-car field, running just a tad under the index at 6.696, but nevertheless advancing to the second round


Round Two Eliminations - Quarter-Finals

Sheldon Lofgreen

With a 9-car field in the first round, the five winners (one on a bye) advancing to the second round meant someone got a single. Earning the spot was the #2 qualifier, Sheldon Lofgreen, in his hard-running turbo car, and he put down a very close to the index 6.711 to earn his spot in the semi-finals

(near lane) Mitch Bowen - 'Rust Bucket' vs 
(far lane) Steve Faller - 'Bad Moon Rising' --- (near lane) Scott Pareso vs (far lane) 
Keith Livsey

(LEFT) In the near lane, Mitch Bowen drove the "Rust Bucket" to an easy win over Steve "Flattop" Faller" (far lane) in the "Bad Moon Rising". Bowen cranked out a solid 6.761, while Faller fell by the wayside early, finally stopping the clocks at 10.124 for the loss

(RIGHT) The second round concluded with Keith Livsey, in the far lane, matched up against the only out-of-state entry, Colorado's Scott Pareso, and in a very close race, Livsey took the win by a 6.768 to 6.840 margin. His pass wasn't quite quick enough to earn lane choice over Lofgreen in the semis though. As a consolation, Pareso took the "Best Burnout" award, doing a 1000-footer for the prize

Rob Winefsky - 'Coyote Express' AA/FA --- Rob Winefsky - 'Coyote Express' AA/FA

Two views of a local blown fuel altered (AA/FA), the "Coyote Express", driven by Rob Winefsky, making some test passes for the crowd. He started the year with a runner-up finish to Ron "BIG Show" Capps at the fabled Good Vibrations March Meet, but hasn't had very many opportunities to race since. Rob was testing a new supercharger in preparation for the 2021 season.

Round Three Eliminations - Semi-Finals

Mitch Bowen --- (near lane) Keith Livsey RED vs 
(far lane) Sheldon Lofgreen

(LEFT) Yes, it's another single, as 9-cars (Rnd #1) became 5-cars (Rnd #2) and now it's down to three cars in the semi-finals. The bye run this time went to #7 qualifier Mitch Bowen and he took full advantage of the situation to see just how hard he could run without worrying about breaking out of the 6.70 index. The scoreboards rang up a low e.t. of the meet 6.624 as he blasted his way into the final round. Presumably without lane choice though, due to the "breakout"

(RIGHT) In the only side-by-side match of the round, Keith Livsey (near lane), appeared to leave first, and he did, but courtesy of a red-light, giving the automatic win to Sheldon Lofgreen, in the far lane. Despite a quicker time (6.725), Livsey saw the automatic winlight come on in Lofgreen's lane, as he carded a solid 6.818 to move into the final round


Round Four Eliminations - Final

Sadly, we don't have any pictures, or first-hand reports to post, as our correspondent left before the final round as the dropping temperatures made it simply too uncomfortable to wait for the final pair. But we do have the results, as Mitch Bowen in the "Rust Bucket" took the win in the closest race of the day, turning a 6.740 over the close-but-no-cigar effort of Sheldon Lofgreen, who trailed with a valiant 6.758 effort in the loss. Making the race even closer than it appeared from the timeslips was the .017 reaction time advantage for Lofgreen that made the margin of victory for Bowen at the finish line a miniscule .0012 of a second. What a finish to a great day of racing in the Southwest.


The latest update as of November 4, 2020


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER & FUNNY CAR Finals

Megan Meyer A/FD --- Joey Severance B/AD

On the left side, it's the defending Top Alcohol Dragster national champion, Megan Meyer,,,, doing her burnout. On the right, it's former four-time champ, Joey Severance launching hard, but all for naught as he was off the throttle before half track and slowed to a losing 7.126 - 128.70 time. After a very quick leave and major holeshot on Meyer (.015 light to .176), Severance was unable to hold the lead.

Taking the win, and clinching a repeat national championship was Meyer, who kept up her pace with a great 5.200 - 281.07 (top speed of the meet) in what might have been her final pass down a dragstrip. She recently announced her retirement from the sport following her marriage last weekend. Whether she stays retired forever remains to be seen.

Bob McCosh Jr. TA/FC --- Bob McCosh Jr. TA/FC

Two views of the Top Alcohol Funny Car runner-up, Bob McCosh Jr., burning out on the left, and launching hard with the front wheels just off the concrete on the right. Although he had the better numbers 5.499 - 266.64, to winner Greg Bellemeur's almost-as-good 5.500 - 266.06, the reaction times told the tale. Bellemeur's .028 light covered McCosh's good, but not quite good enough, .058 time, and the margin at the 1320 mark was a little more than half a car length.


PRO MODIFIED & TOP FUEL HARLEY Finals

Khalid alBalooshi PM --- Steve Jackson PM

With a short (11-car) field, the Bahrain 1 team filled the semi-final round, with all three of their cars advancing to that round of competition. Then it was down to the final two, with (on the left) Khalid alBalooshi burning out in his ProCharger-equipped 2019 Camaro, while (on the right) the screw-blown 2018 Camaro of Stevie "Fast" Jackson lights up the big Goodyears.

(left lane) Khalid alBalooshi vs 
(right lane) Steve Jackson Pro Mod Final --- Steve Jackson PM

When the lights came down, Jackson (right side) left first by a few hundredths, followed closely by alBalooshi (left side), with his front wheels higher on the launch. Jackson steadily increased his lead until alBalooshi shut off at the 1000' mark, and coasted to a losing 5.890 - 224.96, while Jackson blasted into the winners circle with a better 5.789 - 247.47 timeslip. It was a double celebration for Jackson, as he clinched his second consecutive Pro Mod championship with a win over Brandon Snider in the second round of eliminations.

(left lane) Ricky House vs 
(right lane) Jay Turner TFH Final --- Jay Turner TFH

One of the fan favourite categories, Top Fuel Harley whittled the 8-bike field down to the finalists, Ricky House (left side) against long-time dominator in the class, Jay Turner (right side). Despite a quicker (.041 to .059) leave by House, it was Turner putting on the winlight with a bike-length margin at the finish line, and the boards showing the 6.390 - 214.96 decision in Turner's favour, over House's not quite good enough 6.444 - 214.79 effort.


COMPETITION, SUPER STOCK & FACTORY STOCK SHOWDOWN Finals

Cody Lane E/SMA --- Terry Emmons SS/BS

(LEFT) Hangin' 'em high on the launch in the Hancock & Lane E/SMA Cavalier is North Bend, WA's Cody Lane, enroute to a win over the just barely in the extreme left corner of the frame, Doug Engels in his D/Dragster. Lane didn't have a great start to the weekend, qualifying at the very bottom of the 14-car Comp field, but marched through eliminations and took the final round with a quicker pass and great light (.009), for a convincing seventh national event win.

(RIGHT) At the conclusion of six rounds of eliminations, it was Terry Emmons in his little SS/BS Cavalier (popular little cars eh?) taking the Super Stock trophy, his eighth national event victory, over the wild wheelstanding SS/JA Camaro of Pennsylvania's Bryan Wormer (seen below). With the handicap headstart, Wormer redlighted away his chances, and even though Emmons also left before the green, the first or worst rule always applies.

Bryan Wormer SS/JA --- Bryan Wormer SS/JA

The old adage of "if ya can't be good... at least be spectacular" certainly applies in this instance, as Bryan Wormer leaves with the front end heading for the moon as he registers an automatic loss in the Super Stock final with his red-light start.

(left lane) David Barton vs 
(right lane) Aaron Stanfield FSS Final --- Aaron Stanfield FSS

With a restricted 9" wide rear tire, the Factory Stock cars have to work very hard to keep them biting, so launching with the front end high is necessary to get enough weight on the rear wheels to keep them hooked up. Both finalists did it well, with (left side)


TOP DRAGSTER, SUPER COMP & TOP SPORTSMAN Finals

Al Kenny T/D --- Bradley Johnson T/D

Bradley Johnson T/D --- Marko Perivolaris S/C

Dan Meziere T/S --- Dan Meziere T/S


The latest update as of November 3, 2020


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE Final

Angie Smith PSM --- (near lane) Angie Smith vs 
(far lane) Steve Johnson

Starting Line celebration --- Angie Smith on the big screen


PRO STOCK Final

Erica Enders PRO --- Kyle Koretsky PRO

(near lane) Erica Enders vs 
(far lane) Kyle Koretsky --- Starting Line celebration


The latest update as of November 2, 2020


Here's a little teaser of just some of the photos we've got from Bob Snyder. There's more than 600 from Sunday's eliminations, so it's going to take a while to go through them and get the best shots posted. Stay tuned! These are the pics from the Funny Car and Top Fuel finals.

FUNNY CAR Final

Ron Capps F/C burnout --- Matt Hagan F/C burnout

On the left side, burning out in preparation for the final, is Ron Capps, while on the right side we've got Matt Hagan

(near lane) Matt Hagan vs 
(far lane) Ron Capps --- Matt Hagan F/C launch

(LEFT) Launching from the left side is Matt Hagan enroute to a winning 3.914 - 326.40 pass, putting a great exclamation mark on his championship season. On the right side, Ron Capps left hard, but ran into trouble before half track, slowing to a losing 4.463 - 173.70 in the losing effort.

(RIGHT) One final shot of Hagan with the flames up putting down some serious power.

TOP FUEL Final

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Monday morning musings from Northern Thunder

It took a bit of digging, but I was finally able to find the NHRA announcement about the revised points earning procedures for the 2020 season. After operating for the past few weeks under the (mistaken, unfortunately) assumption that racers could claim points from all six of the national events that had Top Alcohol on their schedule, I found that I was "misinformed". By myself. I had to look back to a posting on NHRA's website from May 19. It reads as follows:

Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car

Alcohol National Championship: best 2 of 5 regional and best 5 of 7 national events
Alcohol Regional Championship: best 4 of 5 regional events. No home regional event minimum requirement

I remembered the two of five regional, but forgot about the 5 of 7 national rule, so while I assumed Shawn Cowie held an advantage over Megan Meyer going into the Dodge NHRA Finals, he needed to win the event, or at least reach the final round to have a chance to take the championship. When Cowie dropped a close and ultimnately heartbreaking decision to long time arch-rival Joey Severance in the semi-finals, his fate was sealed. The only way he could hope to win the big trophy was for Severance to take out Meyer in the final round.... and win the final regional event of the season at the very same Las Vegas track this coming weekend.

Cowie's Mundie's Towing team did all they could to help Severance get ready for the final as they loaned their engine to the J & A Services team and pitched in with a bunch of the other Top Alky racers to effect the swap and fully prep the car for the battle with Meyer. Joey did his job on the starting line, putting a major (.015 to .176) holeshot on Megan, but the car went silent before half track and coasted to the runner-up position.

At this point, the Cowie team must be absolutely sick of the sight of the # 2 on the side of the rear wing, but as they've battled on over the years, they can only look forward to another championship chase in 2021.

Here's the (not quite) final points standings for Top Alcohol Dragster and Funny Car. There's still one more regional event to run and a number of racers have not maxed out their regional points - remember - best two of five results - but the championships have been decided and there will be a very anti-ciimactic feeling to the last NHRA event of the 2020 season.


TAD National Points Standings

TAFC National Points Standings

The latest update as of November 1, 2020


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Eliminations Day at the Dodge NHRA Finals

We've got the first batch of photos from Saturday's action at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway. Captions and descriptions to follow as soon as we have time.

Greg Anderson PRO --- Eddie Krawiece PSM

Ron Capps F/C --- Matt Hagan F/C

Billy Torrence T/F --- Steve Torrence T/F

Megan Meyer A/FD --- Shawn Cowie B/AD

Terry Haddock F/C --- Jack Beckman F/C

Cruz Pedregon F/C --- Dave Richards F/C

Chris Morel F/C --- Jim Campbell F/C

Alexis DeJoria F/C ---l Tim Wilkerson F/C

Tommy Johnson Jr. F/C --- Paul Lee F/C

Matt Hagan F/C --- Tony Schumacher T/F

Steve Torrence T/F --- Leah Pruett T/F

Jim Whiteley P/M --- (near lane) Justin Jones vs (far lane) 
Clint Satterfield P/M

Justin Bond PM

Megan Meyer A/FD --- Jackie Fricke A/FD

Shawn Cowie B/AD --- Chip Beverett TA/FC

Annie Whiteley TA/FC --- Chris Marshall's Backup Wife - Brianna

Bob McCosh TA/FC --- Scoreboard

(LEFT) Launmching hard enroute to another low 5.50 pass, Bob McCosh

(RIGHT) The numbers on the board don't tell the full story, with Bob McCosh's 5.552 - 265.64 pass taking the winlight over Chris Marsahll's better 5.461 - 267.96, courtesy of an .042 to .104 holeshot. The margin of victory at the stripe was just one thousandth of a second. And that's all we've got from yesterday's qualifying and eliminations action. Much more to come tomorrow from today's final eliminations.


The latest update as of October 31, 2020


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Dodge NHRA Finals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

7:00 AM Update

Due to an uncooperative (ie. crap) wi-fi at Motel "5.9", our photographer was only able to transmit two pictures from yesterday's Top Alcohol qualifying at Las Vegas. Thankfully they were images of the top cars in each class. Much more to come later today though and throughout the weekend. Stay tuned!

(near lane) Brian Hough vs (far lane) Greg Bellemeur --- (near lane) Shawn Cowie vs (far lane) Megan Meyer

(LEFT) Normally you would expect these two cars to be the last pair in a qualifying session, but after 9- and 10-second runs in the first session, Brian Hough in the near lane, and Greg Bellemeur in the far lane, were the first cars out of the waterbox to start the second (and final) qualifier. They both improved dramatically, with Hough jumping from #15 to the top of the ladder with a 5.464 - 267.75 pass, while Bellemeur nearly matched his numbers as he leaped from #16 to #2, courtesy of a 5.487 - 264.96 clocking.

(RIGHT) The story for this pair is the opposite of the Funny Cars, as they finished the first session in the top two spots, and stayed there on the final qualifying sheets. To show the consistency of these teams, they were the quickest cars in both qualifying sessions. In the far lane, Megan Meyer followed up her 5.203 - 271.79 with an almost as good 5.236 - 269.56 pass, while on the near side, Shawn Cowie fell off slightly from his earlier 5.208 - 276.80 to a merely very good 5.258 - 276.13 in the final session. Interestingly, Cowie had the two fastest passes of qualifying at over 276-mph, beating out the BIG horsepower of the A/Fuel cars.


3:00 PM Update

Following the first PRO qualifying session, which was slowed somewhat by cone blasting, engine destroying, rearend locking, etc incidents, the Top Alcohol cars waited patiently in the staging lanes for their first round of eliminations. With two rounds of eliminations scheduled for today (second one at approx. 6:30 pm), there could be some major changes in the dragster championship before the day is over. In fact, Shawn Cowie could be crowned the new champion if his two pursuers from the Meyer Racing team, Megan Meyer and Julie Nataas lose in either the first or second round. To make that possibility a reality, Cowie would have to at least win his first round match with Dusty Green in the one-of-a-kind driver forward A/Fuel Dragster. The first pair of dragsters are in the burnout box, so stay tuned for an almost live update in a few minutes.


The latest update as of October 30, 2020


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Dodge NHRA Finals at The Strip at Las Vegas Motor Speedway

Chris Morel - Nitro Funny Car ---

(LEFT) Making his national event debut is Chris Morel in his "Charger" nitro funny car. (RIGHT) Making his Vegas debut is Top Alcohol Funny Car contender (currently #5 in the points standings) Bob McCosh Jr., all the way from Columbia, Missouri.

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(LEFT) Lurking under the big awning are the two Kansas killer Kars, with Julie Nataas (cuirrently #3 in the Top Alcohol Dragster standings), and in the background, her teammate and defending champion Megan Meyer. (RIGHT) Putting on his "game face" is Top Alcohol Dragster points leader Shawn Cowie as he aims to upgrade the number on his rear wing from #2 to #1.

The early bird gets the best parking spot as our intrepid lensman, BIG Bob Snyder slides his road warrior van into an otherwise empty media parking lot.


The latest update as of October 25, 2020


Shawn Cowie wins the Mopar Express Lane NHRA SpringNationals presented by Pennzoil

The points battle for the Top Alcohol Dragster championship intensified in a big way when Shawn Cowie took full advantage of Megan Meyer's absence during eliminations to take the event win and jump back into the lead in the point standings. And in Top Alcohol Funny Car, Doug Gordon won his first championship when the defending champion, Greg Bellemeur lost in the semi-finals. Congratulations to the BETA Motorcylces gang on a very well-deserved championship. The standings going into the final two races of the season are below. Remember to click on the small graphics for easier viewing.

TAD National Points Standings --- TAFC National Points Standings


The latest update as of October 24, 2020


BIG News from Baytown - Megan Meyer will NOT run in eliminations

A bolt out of the blue came over the video feed from Houston Raceway Park when NHRA's lead announcer, Alan Rinehart announced that Megan Meyer had left the track to attend her wedding. Presumably that happy event had been scheduled far in advance and prompted her to only make a qualifying effort at the SpringNationals, and not run in eliminations. Rinehart reported that she would receive first round loser points, and still stay ahead of her closest challengers for the national championship, Shawn Cowie (32 points behind), and team-mate Julie Nataas (53 points in arrears).

However, and we're still waiting for confirmation on this point, but the NHRA website states "All remaining event non-qualifiers or no-shows in eliminations will automatically receive 10 points". If that caveat applies in this case, then Meyer is running a serious risk of losing her lead in the championship standings. Even if she is credited with the 31 points awarded to first-round losers, she could still find herself in second place by the end of tomorrow's eliminations.

Looking further down the standings shows that even Duane Shields (75 points back), and Jackie Fricke (86 points behind), could signifcantly close the gap on Meyer heading into the final national event of the season at Las Vegas next weekend. Only Fricke (of the aforementioned names) is not entered in that race... so far. And speaking of Las Vegas, there is a Western Regional event running there this weekend, with nine Top Alcohol Dragsters and six Funny Cars competing. The only Top Ten racer in attendance at that race is Joey Severance (#7) and he can only gain 21 points with an event win. On the Funny Car side, the highest racer in the standings is Chip Beverett and he's way down in the #14 spot with no chance to challenge for the championship.

First round of eliminations for the alky cars is at the end of the day (5:30 or 6:00 pm) at Houston, with the balance of eliminations tomorrow. At Las Vegas, the first round is scheduled for 2:00 pm, with the semi-finals at 5:00 and the finals at 7:00 pm. If you're a real hardcore fan, you can follow the action on a live feed from The Strip at LVMS through this Drag Racer TV link, courtesy of Competition Plus.


The latest update as of October 23, 2020


Top Alcohol Dragster

And then there were two ... national events that is. With the 2020 NHRA Camping World schedule rapidly winding down, the championship battles are intensifying as literally "every round counts" at this point. That axiom is especially so in the Top Alcohol Dragster division, as Shawn Cowie lost his very short-lived lead in the point standings following a second-round loss at Dallas last weekend. Jumping back to the top was defending national champion Megan Meyer, who brought the hammer down hard in the final round, blasting out a 5.126 - 279.09 to obliterate first-time finalist, and worthy opponent, Aaron Cooper.

Meyer's performance nearly equalled her other-worldly dominance displayed at the DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA U.S. Nationals on Labor Day weekend. She rewrote the record books with a blistering 5.097 - 278.81 pass in the second-round, then followed it up with an even more amazing 5.090 - 280.54 effort in the semi-finals. It certainly looks like Team Meyer is on a mission to send her into "retirement" on a high note with back-to-back championships.

But the championship chase is not over yet, as Cowie is still within striking distance, just 32 points behind Meyer, with three points earnings events left on his schedule. And it could come down to the second Las Vegas Western Region race, happening the week following the Dodge NHRA Finals. If Cowie could win that event, he would gain 42 points that could ultimately decide the TAD champion. But to be in a position to capitalize on that last race of the year, he must keep pace with Meyer this weekend and next at Houston and Las Vegas. Even better, if he could close the gap during those two races, then the pressure on him to go for broke at the last race would be lessened somewhat.

First things first though, as qualifying starts later today at Houston, with a short 13-car field in Top Alcohol Dragster. The big bonus available for the low qualifier is a possible second round bye run directly into the semi-finals. Considering that the #1 qualifier gets to face the racer at the bottom of the field, there will be some very serious attempts to secure that spot. We'll bring the results as soon as they come in today, and throughout the weekend, so stay tuned to this space.

Top Alcohol Funny Car

The situation is much clearer on the flopper side of the alchohold pits. The current, and almost season-long points leader is Doug Gordon and he could clinch the championship if everything falls his way this weekend. He's got a 124 point lead over the #2 (and defending champion) Greg Bellemeur, and is 134 points in front of #3 Brian Hough, going into this weekend's race. If Gordon qualifies for eliminations, which is a foregone conclusion with only ten cars in the pits, then Bellemeur has to win the event to stay in contention for the championship. Even a runner-up finish would see the chase end on Sunday afternoon.

Hough's chances are even slimmer, as he needs to win both races and have Gordon fail to qualify at the Las Vegas event, which is not likely as there are only 15 cars on the pre-entry list at this time. So, for all intents and purposes, Hough is looking at a third place finish in the championship standings, a drop of one position from his #2 finish last season.


The latest update as of October 12, 2020


TOP ALCOHOL National Points Standings and "COUNTDOWN" Status


Don't go reaching for the magnifying glasses just yet. Click on the tables below and they will open in a larger, and much easier to read, format.

TAD National Points Standings

TAFC National Points Standings

TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER -

The following tables show just where the racers are at this moment, and what their prospects are over the next four weeks. Note that in the Top Alcohol Dragster standings, the top eight runners are all entered at this week's event in Dallas. It may go a long way towards determining the national/world championship. With a revised points structure due to the truncated season, racers can count points earned at all six national events that Top Alcohol competes in, along with two (of their first five) regional races.

The current points leader in TAD, Shawn Cowie has a definite leg up on most of his competitors, as only Duane Shields and his "Northwest Nemesis" Joey Severance also appeared at Pomona. That gives this trio an extra points boost and may well be the difference maker by the end of the season. With the revised points earning opportunities on the regional front, once a racer has two regional wins, they will have amassed the maximum points available. Three racers have done just that, with Megan Meyer using them to stay close to Cowie, while Jackie Fricke and Rachel Meyer have done well regionally, with two wins apiece, but not so well on the national stage and are well back in the standings.

The second through fourth racers in the standings cannot claim any more regional points, while Cowie still has one chance to gain the maximum, at the final event on the 2020 calendar, the Las Vegas regional race happening after the Dodge NHRA Finals. Also in the same boat is Joey Severance, who could use that final race of the year to gain an extra 21 points towards his total. One spot below Severance in the standings, Josh Hart could gain 42 points at that event, while Cowie stands to also gain 42 points if he could win the event. Finally, long-shot contender (#8 in the points currently) James Stevens, could likewise add 42 points to his total with a win at the Las Vegas regional.

There's so many scenarios possible, but it will all become at least somewhat clearer by Sunday afternoon when eliminations conclude at the Texas Motorplex. With a full field of blown alky (four) and injected nitro (twelve) cars entered, and points earning capabilities as follows: 1st-round loser (31), 2nd-round loser (42), semi-finalist (53), runner-up (64) and winner (85) points, the standings could look quite different by next week. Note that oil-downs cost five points per occurence.


TAD Countdown

TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR -

It's been an almost all Doug Gordon season, despite losing in the final round at the Winternationals back in February. It didn't take him long to take over the top spot though, with a victory at the "Baby Gators" event in early March putting him in the #1 position. Then the pandemic hit and everything came to a very sudden halt for nearly four months. The long layoff didn't hurt Gordon at all though, as he domianted the Denver race in late June to max out his regional points in just three outings. At this point he was so far ahead of his nearest competitor, Greg Bellemur that the championship was looking like it mnight be locked up early.

By the time the second national event of the season unfolded, nearly seven months after the season opener, the nerest pursuer was Brian Hough, only 49 points in arrears, while Bellemeur sat in fourth place, 59 points behind. The surprise Winternationals winner Aryan Rochon, was still hanging in the chase, less than 50 points behind. From there down to the bottom of the Top Ten, the fifth place racer, D.J. Cox Jr. was 80 points down, but still well ahead of the rest of the list. As in the dragster standings, a good showing at the Winternationals was the biggest factor in the points race going into the traditional "Big Go" at Indianapolis on Labor Day weekend.


TAFC Countdown


The latest update as of October 12, 2020


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NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ


Here's the pictures from the first two rounds of eliminations on Saturday at Phoenix. We'll provide the details on the final round, but sadly, no pictures of them. As per usual, the dragsters came out first, with four pairs ready to battle for the event win. Following them were the two pairs of funny cars, unfortunately far from a full field.

Casey Grisel --- (left lane) Ron Anderson vs (right Lane) Casey Grisel

(LEFT) Casey Grisel

(RIGHT) Ron Anderson (left lane) 13.783 - 72.26 vs Casey Grisel (right Lane) 5.352 - 263.67

Steve Griboski --- Joey Severance

(LEFT) Steve Griboski

(RIGHT) Joey Severance

(left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Steve Griboski

Joey Severance (left lane) 5.616 - 258.86 vs Steve Griboski (right lane) 12.329 - 77.68

Johnny Ahten --- (left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Johnny Ahten

(LEFT) Johnny Ahten

(RIGHT) (left lane) Brandon Greco 9.309 - 88.66 (right lane) Johnny Ahten 12.746 - 61.04

Shawn Cowie --- (left lane) Shawn Cowie vs (right lane) Mike Austin

(LEFT) Shawn Cowie

(RIGHT) (left lane) Shawn Cowie 5.368 - 269.46 (right lane) Mike Austin 18.864 - 37.83

Ray Martin ---

(LEFT) Ray Martin

(RIGHT) (left lane) Ray Martin 5.758 - 248.43 vs (right lane) Hunter Jones 5.810 - 252.05

Scoreboard shot

(left lane) Hunter Jones 5.810 - 252.05 vs (right lane) Ray Martin 5.758 - 248.43

Don Hudson --- Jay Payne

(LEFT) Don Hudson

(RIGHT) Jay Payne

(left lane) Jay Payne vs (right lane) Don Hudson

(left lane) Jay Payne 5.707 - 259.96 (right lane) Don Hudson 11.559 - 80.27

(left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Casey Grisel --- (left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Shawn Cowie

(LEFT) (left lane) Brandon Greco vs (right lane) Casey Grisel

(RIGHT) (left lane) Joey Severance vs (right lane) Shawn Cowie

Scoreboard shot

The scoreboards tell the tale as Severance advances to the final round on a holeshot. The true margin of victory was 0.032 seconds; half a car length.



The latest update as of October 11, 2020


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NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ

After a long hot day in the blazing SouthWestern sun, our correspondent, "BIG" Bob Snyder left before the second, and what became the final, qualifying session. With just enough cars to fill the dragster field, and only four funny cars, the decision to axe the third session was made by NHRA Division Seven Director Mike Rice. Here's the final qualifying positions and numbers.


Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Dragster - Session #2

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Funny Car - Session #2

The latest update as of October 10, 2020


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NHRA Western Regional - Wild Horse Pass Motorsports Park - Chandler, AZ

We've got some pictures from yesterday's Top Alcohol (Dragster and Funny Car) first qualifying session at the NHRA Division Seven divisonal-Western Regional event. Our ever-intrepid photographer, Bob Snyder left after the first session due to the extreme (100+ F) temperature, but he's promised to be back at the track today for eliminations. We'll have more details as we get them.


Hunter Jones ---

(LEFT) Making his season debut at Phoenix was Hunter Jones in his 2010 Monte Carlo.

(RIGHT) Pairing up with Jones in the first session, Don Hudson burns out for the first time in quite a few years. It's been even longer since he last ran in Top Alcohol, as his nitro nostalgia flopper has been competition choice in recent years.

(left lane) Hunter Jones vs (right lane) Don Hudson

In the left lane, Hunter Jones was in trouble right from the hit, and his 14.110 - 82.14 left him at the bottom of the slim 4-car field. In the right lane, Don Hudson didn't fare that much better, as his 7.064 - 141.83 showed that he was off the throttle before half track. Despite the medicore timeslip, he was still #2 in the field after the session.


Ray Martin --- Jay Payne

(LEFT) Turning the big slicks for the first time since the Winternationals (seven months ago!), Alaska's Ray Martin showed no signs of rust,

(RIGHT) Entering the last month of his drag racing career, soon-to-retire Jay Payne pulled through the waterbox in his famous "ThunderSlug" Camaro.

(left lane) Jay Payne vs (right lane) Ray Martin

From the left lane, Jay Payne got off the line in fine shape, but was out of it before the 330' clocks, finally timing in at 8.356 - 146.96 to end up in the third spot in the field. On the other side, Ray Martin jumped to the top of the ladder with a very decent 5.799 - 248.93 clocking to easily outdistance the rest of the field.


After the first session ended, the qualifying sheet for the Funny Cars went as follows:

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Funny Car - Session #1

Steve Griboski --- Johnny Ahten

(LEFT) Coming down from the high country of Colorado, Steve Griboski, showed up to compete in his only second regional event of the year, and looking to improve on his 5.613 best at Denver in June.

(RIGHT) Another racer making his first appearance since the season-opening Winternationals, was Los Angeles county fireman Johnny Ahten, and he got up on the tires quickly in his first burnout of the weekend.

(left lane) Steve Griboski vs (right lane) Johnny Ahten

In the left lane Steve Griboski made his first shot count as a solid (and season best) 5.559 - 262.59 lit up the scoreboards. Meanwhile, in the right lane, Johnny Ahten had his injected fueler grumble and drop cylinders enroute to a so-so 5.774 - 252.54 opening run.


Mike Austin --- (left lane) Mike Austin vs (right lane) Ron Anderson

(LEFT) In what appears to be an old Jim Whiteley (J&A Services) car, Mike Austin came down from Oregon and tried to get on the right side of the win-loss ledger, after three straight first-round exits in previous 2020 appearances.

(RIGHT) In the left lane Mike Austin put down a decent 5.629 - 250.55 to sit in the middle of the pack after the first session, while over in the right lane, California's Ron Anderson lit up the tires - as you can clearly see in the photo - on the launch and slowed to a bottom of the field 14.855 - 71.27 clocking.


Brandon Greco --- Casey Grisel

(LEFT) It was certainly surprising to see Brandon Greco haul his car all the way from Pennsylvania for this race. With his maximum number of regional events already claimed, and well down in the national standings, his appearance was a bit of a mystery. However, given the unpainted/wrapped body panels, he could have been testing a new car. Even stranger, he hasn't entered any of the three remaining national events.

(RIGHT) With a chance to move into the top ten in the national standings if he could win the event, Casey Grisel made the short tow to Wild Horse with co-owner and crew chief Jerry Darien ready to lay down some serious nitro-powered numbers.

(left lane) Casey Grisel vs (right lane) Brandon Greco

In the left lane, Casey Grisel put down a solid opening effort, stopping the clocks at 5.489 - 260.51, while over in the the right lane, Brandon Greco outran him with a slightly better 5.451 - 255.82 on his first full pass of the weekend. (He made two test runs on Thursday but was off the throttle early on both).


Shawn Cowie --- Joey Severance

(LEFT) With the last pair being the top two contenders in the field, Shawn Cowie lights up the tires big-time on his usual banzai burnout.

(RIGHT) Doing almost the same pre-run routine, Joey Severance shows some serious RPM's on the burnout with the hard-running J&A Services car prior to facing arch-rival Cowie.

(left lane) Shawn Cowie vs (right lane) Joey Severance

Saving the best (pair) for last, Shawn Cowie (on the left side) pounded out a big number to kick off his weekend, with a 5.294 - 274.05 lighting up the boards, while over in the right lane, Joey Severance had some issues just past the 330' clocks - after an awesome 0.891 60' time - and pedaled his way to an early shutoff 5.845 - 193.43 time.

Shawn Cowie --- Shawn Cowie scoreboard

(LEFT) Just past the 60' clocks, Shawn Cowie is already showing a lot of tire speed enroute to the quickest and fastest time of the first session.

(RIGHT) We close our qualifying coverage with a view of Shawn Cowie's scoreboard, showing the 5.294 - 274.05. His short numbers were as follows: 60' (0.937), 330' (2.389), 660' (3.511), 660' speed (220.73), 1000' (4.472).

After the first session ended, the qualifying sheet for the dragsters went as follows:

Qualifying sheet Top Alcohol Dragster - Session #1

The latest update as of October 6, 2020



Alamo Motorplex - Funny Car Chaos

FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'


Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!' --- Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter'


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0'


Randy Mueller - 'Crazy Randy' --- Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'


Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Robert Slaughter - 'Smokey Bear' --- Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian'


Nancy Matter --- Chris Graves moving the mob


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - Round One


Danny Smith - Snafu --- Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekend Warrior'


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian'


Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' --- Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw'


Lyle Greenberg - 'Cone Hunter' --- (left lane) Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' vs (right lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0'


Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War' --- Eric Eoff - 'Shazam!'


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane) Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' vs (far lane) Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- (near lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' vs (far lane) Danny Smith - 'Snafu'


(near lane) Ronny Young - 'Blue Max' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- (near lane) Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' vs (far lane) Mark Billington - 'Sons of Thunder'


Ray Kelley - 'Game Xchange' Jet Dragster


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FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Eliminations - FINAL Round


(near lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' vs (far lane) Tod Barker - 'Back In Black' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'


FUNNY CAR CHAOS World Finals - San Antonio (Alamo City Motorplex) - Pit Shots


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0' --- (left) Gary Doak - 'Bucket List' - (right) Jake Sanders - 'American Outlaw'


(left) unidentified - (right) Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' --- Allan Middendorf - 'American Outlaw' - packing the chutes


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Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' signing autographs --- Shayne Lawson & family - 'Man O' War'


(left) Chris Graves - (right) John Troxel - 'Brutus' - #2 in 2020 FCC Points --- (left) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation 2.0' - (right) Chris Graves - #3 in 2020 FCC Points


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The latest update as of September 20, 2020



Kearney Raceway - Funny Car Chaos

FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' --- Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Danny Smith - 'Snafu' --- Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder'

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' --- Back-Up Girls (BUGs)

Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' --- Doug Newkirk

Joe Gallegos - Nitro Clown 2 --- Joe Gallegos - Nitro Clown 2

Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger' --- Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Tiger'

Scott Pareso --->

<A HREF= Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'

Doug Schneider --->

<A HREF= Doug Schneider --->

<A HREF= Doug Schneider

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --->

<A HREF= Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Danny Smith --->

<A HREF= (near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

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Round One Eliminations


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --- Tom Furches - 'Made In America'

Tom Furches - 'Made In America' --->

<A HREF= Jeo Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown 2'

Doug Schneider --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

(near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- (near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'

Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos' --- Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'

(near lane) Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Dave Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown'

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud' --- Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

At the conclusion of the first round, long-time series regular - and a nitro racer from waaaay back - Fred Farndon made his final pass down the dragstrip after announcing his retirement at this event. The crew followed him down to tow him back to the pits for the final time and wrap up his six decade long career in drag racing. And "Play It Loud" turned down the volume forever.

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

Ray Kelley - 'Game Xchange' Jet Dragster --- Ray Kelley - Game Xchange Jet Dragster


Round Two Eliminations (Semi-Finals)


(near lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' vs (far lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' --- Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'

(near lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' vs (far lane) Kurt Duckworth - 'Complete Chaos'


Final Round Eliminations


(near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' (with backup crew) vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

(near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- (near lane) Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

(near lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --->

<A HREF= (near lane) Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit' vs (far lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk'


The latest update as of September 12, 2020



Kearney Raceway - Funny Car Chaos

Another week, another Funny Car Chaos event. This weekend it's coming from Kearney Raceway in the heart of corn country. Last night's second qualifying session was pretty much a write-off due to unseasonably cold track temps (62 F!), but the first session, in the early afternoon was a good one. This exhibition event (to replace the cancelled Martin, MI points race) featured a wild assortment of Fuel Altereds, some on nitro, some on alky, one turbocharged, along with some new faces to the Chaos show.

Here's our first installment of Friday's qualifying, with much more to follow. As always, stay tuned!


FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #1


Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- Danny Smith

Justin Herbst - 'Scorpion' --- Scott Pareso

Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire' --- Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit'

Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud' --- Fred Farndon - 'Play It Loud'

Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Doug Schneider

Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' - (oil spill!) --- Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

Joe Gallegos - 'Nitro Clown 2'

Pit Shots

Motes & Williams - Top Gas Dragster --- Pit Thrash

(LEFT) Here's something you don't see every day: an honest-to-goodness twin-engine blown gas-burning Top Gas Dragster from 1970. Fifty years ago, Ray Motes drove and partner R.C. Williams wrenched this behemoth to some of the most awesome performances of that era.


Nostalgia Front-Engine Dragsters


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FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Kearney Raceway - Qualifying Session #2


Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' --->

<A HREF= Jim Chase - 'Hot Pursuit'

Tom Furches - 'Made In America' --->

<A HREF= Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

Steve Timoszyk - 'Detroit Toger' --->

<A HREF= Doug Newkirk


The latest update as of September 10, 2020



Mo-Kan Dragway - Funny Car Chaos

Going into Saturday afternoon's final qualifying session, the low e.t. was held down by Nick Poloson at 3.954, the #8 qualifier (bottom of the "A" Field) was Keith Jackson at 4.465, and the #16 car (bottom of the "B" field) was Gary Wheeler Jr. at 4.850. Top speed from Friday was clocked by #2 qualifier, and FCC points leader, Ken Singleton at 192.88 mph. With the "Mass Chaos" car of John Umlauf parked with terminal blower problems, just four cars remained to attempt to fight their way into eliminations.

FUNNY CAR CHAOS - Mo-Kan Dragway - Pit Shots


Boyd Olar - 'The Bandit' --- Broken Blower - 'OUCH!'

Trying to unravel the mystery of the 'chutes --- Three-seater dragster

Qualifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' --- Gary Wheeler Jr. - 'The Mistress'

Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream' --- Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas'

Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre' --- Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

Shayne Lawson Man 'O War' --- Shayne Lawson BUG - BackUp Girl

Jordan Ballew - 'Back In Black' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' (far lane) vs Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' (near lane)

Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'


Eliminations - Round One


Crowd standing for the national anthem --- Track crew and racers standing for the national anthem

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Chris Schneider - 'Brutus' --- (near lane) Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation' vs (far lane) Shayne Lawson - 'Man O' War'

(near lane) Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder' vs (far lane) Nancy Matter - 'The Guardian' --- (near lane) Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' vs (far lane) Tod Barker - 'Back In Black'

(near lane) Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' vs (far lane) Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' --- (near lane) Daniel Brutherus - 'Ratatude' vs (far lane) Matt Nissen - 'Runnin' Down A Dream'

(near lane) Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender' vs (far lane) Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' --- (near lane) Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' vs (far lane) Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'


Eliminations - Semi-Finals


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Eliminations - Finals


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Winners Circle


Matt Nissen - 'Runnin Down A Dream' - B Field WINNER --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven' - B Field - Runner-Up

Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' - A Field WINNER --- Ken Singleton - High Risk - A Field Runner-Up


The latest update as of September 7, 2020


There's been so much happening in the world of drag racing over the past month that it's been very difficult to keep up with. Changes and cancellations and revisions to schedules have been the predominant theme. However, there has been some racing thrown into the mix with two more NHRA national events at Indianapolis's Lucas Oil Raceway. Yesterday we saw the conclusion of the 66th annual U.S. Nationals (DENSO Spark Plugs NHRA US Nationals to be exact) and the day before, the sixth event on the FUNNY CAR CHAOS schedule went off before a packed crowd at Asbury, Missouri's Mo-Kan Dragway.

We'll start today's update with a look back at qualifying Friday night at Mo-Kan. Details will follow soon. We've also got all the action from Saturday's final qualifying session and eliminations from Mo-Kan. Look for that coverage tomorrow. And, as a special bonus, we've got some great pictures from the Dodge NHRA Indy Nationals in early August. Stay tuned for that report.


Mo-Kan Dragway - Funny Car Chaos

Originally scheduled to be run in late April, the "better late than never" axiom applied, as 22 rompin' stompin' Funny Cars invaded Mo-Kan Dragway for the third annual Decades of Wheels event. With this race being the sixth of seven points events on the FCC calendar, it was extremely important for the championship contenders to run well and improve their positions in the standings. We start our coverage with Friday night's first two (of three) qualifying sessions.

Clark Speed Special - A/FX Chevy II --- Spectators

Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

Bill Naves - 'Shooting Star' --- Mike Buchanan - 'Hombre'

Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List' --- Nick Poloson - 'Bucket List'

Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' --- Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder'

Gary Wheeler Jr. - ' The Mistress' --- Nick Johnson - 'Prairie Fire'

Nancy Matter - 'Guardian' --- John Umlauf - 'Mass Chaos'

Tod Barker - 'Back in Black' --- Keith Jackson - 'High Heaven'

Doorslammer --- Chris Schneider - 'Brutus'

Damon Kuhn - 'Passin' Gas' --- (near lane) Jordan Ballew - 'Ballew Thunder' vs (far lane) Steve Vang - 'Wicked Weekender'

Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude' --- (near lane) Levi Keenan - 'Illinois Thunder' vs (far lane) Daniel Butherus - 'Ratatude'

(near lane) Ken Singleton - 'High Risk' vs (far lane) Jeff Krug - 'Obsession' --- Gary Wheelr Jr. - 'The Mistress'

Shayne Lawson - 'Man 'O War' --- Chuck Loftin - 'Motivation'


The latest update as of August 21, 2020


We've got some bonus race coverage to present today, as our old (well... he's not that old) friend Bill Jeffery recently attended the third of four NHRA Indy events, the DODGE Nhra Indy Nationals and got some great shots from the grandstand with his new long lens. Having few spectators in the stands helped him avoid the complications of people getting in the way of the images. We'll add the details to go with the pictures when we have time, but for now, here's the first installment of the two-day event.


DODGE NHRA Indy Nationals logo

We'll start our report on the third NHRA Indy Nationals with some qualifying action for the Top Alcohol cars. Details will follow soon....


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Qualifying Session #2

Julie Nataas - AFD --- Julie Nataas

Julie Nataas 5.341 - 266.74

(near lane) Krista Baldwin vs (far lane) Mike Bucher --- (near lane) Will Smith vs (far lane) Brandon Greco

(LEFT) (near lane) Krista Baldwin 5.472 - 265.64 vs (far lane) Mike Bucher 5.356 - 267.80

(RIGHT) (near lane) Will Smith 5.531 - 262.85 vs (far lane) Brandon Greco 6.080 - 182.98

(near lane) Mick Steele vs (far lane) Jackie Fricke --- (near lane) Duane Shields vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer

(LEFT) (near lane) Mick Steele 5.369 - 268.87 vs (far lane) Jackie Fricke 5.305 - 274.78

(RIGHT) (near lane) Duane Shields 5.287 - 278.46 vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer 5.175 - 285.53

Rachel Meyer - AFD

Rachel Meyer


TOP ALCOHOL FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #2


(near lane) Tony Bogolo vs (far lane) D.J. Cox Jr. --- Rob Pfeister

(LEFT) (near lane) Tony Bogolo 5.712 - 257.53 vs (far lane) D.J. Cox Jr. 5.627 - 234.98

(RIGHT) Rob Pfeister 5.890 - 242.71

Phil Esz

Phil Esz 5.627 - 244.12


MOUNTAIN MOTOR PRO STOCK - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Johnny Pluchino vs (far lane) John DeFlorian Jr. --- (near lane) Johnny Pluchino vs (far lane) John DeFlorian Jr.

Johnny Pluchino --- Bill Neri

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Mike Bell --- Brad Waddle

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Elijah Morton

TOP FUEL HARLEY - Qualifying Session #1


Ryan Peery ---

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery
Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery

Tyler Wilson --- Tyler Wilson

Tyler Wilson --- Randal Andras

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe


PRO MODIFIED - Qualifying Session #1


Stevie Jackson --- Brandon Snider

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

(near lane) Clint Satterfield vs (far lane) 'unidentified'

PRO STOCK - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Troy Coughlin Jr. vs (far lane) Bruno Massel --- (near lane) Alex Laughlin vs (far lane) Greg Anderson

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

Deric Kramer --- (near lane) Erica Enders vs (far lane) Kenny Delco

(LEFT)

(RIGHT)

(near lane) Jeg Coughlin Jr. vs (far lane) Jason Line


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE - Qualifying Session #1


(near lane) Angie Smith vs (far lane) Angelle Sampey --- (near lane) Andrew Hines vs (far lane) Hector Arana Jr.

(LEFT) (near lane) Angie Smith 6.910 - 195.34 vs (far lane) Angelle Sampey 6.847 - 195.00

(RIGHT) (near lane) Andrew Hines vs 6.855 - 196.93 (far lane) Hector Arana Jr. 6.938 - 195.76


Andrew Hines

Andrew Hines


FUNNY CAR - Qualifying Session #!


(near lane) Dale Creasy Jr.vs (far lane) Mike McIntire Jr. --- Blake Alexander

(LEFT) (near lane) Dale Creasy Jr. 4.122 - 280.60 vs (far lane) Mike McIntire Jr. 4.288 - 223.99

(RIGHT) Blake Alexander 4.109 - 308.78

Terry Haddock --- Cruz Pedregon

(LEFT) Terry Haddock 4.968 - 158.33

(RIGHT) Cruz Pedregon 5.101 - 144.71

(near lane) J.R. Todd vs (far lane) Alexis DeJoria --- (near lane) Matt Hagan vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson

(LEFT) (near Lane0 J.R. Todd 4.020 - 319.67 vs (far lane) Alexis DeJoria 5.494 - 130.32

(RIGHT) (near lane) Matt Hagan 3.982 - 320.81 vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson 4.735 - 170.99


(near lane) Jack Beckman vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr.

(near lane) Jack Beckman 4.707 - 170.43 vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr. 3.976 - 318.54


TOP FUEL - Qualifying Session #1


Pat Dakin --- Terry McMillen

(LEFT) Pat Dakin 4.030 - 275.62

(RIGHT) Terry McMillen 4.299 - 191.29


Antron Brown --- (near lane) Leah Pruett vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) Antron Brown 3.868 - 311.41

(RIGHT) (near lane) Leah Pruett 3.887 - 314.68 vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta 4.089 - 257.28


Steve Torrence --- Steve Torrence

Steve Torrence 3.814 - 321.81


TOP ALCOHOL DRAGSTER - Qaulifying Session #3 (FINAL)


Shawn Cowie --- (near lane) Will Smith vs (far lane) Brandon Greco

(LEFT) Shawn Cowie 5.284 - 276.63

(RIGHT) (near lane) Will Smith 5.527 - 259.66 vs (far lane) Brandon Greco 6.319 - 137.71


Krista Baldwin --- (near Lane) Duane Shields vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer

(LEFT) Krista Baldwin 7.745 - 112.44

(RIGHT) (near lane) Duane Shields 5.313 - 276.69 vs (far lane) Rachel Meyer 5.237 - 281.95


TOP FUEL HARLEY - Qualifying Session #2


Ryan Peery --- Ryan Peery

Ryan Peery 6.569 - 210.05


(near lane) Ricky House vs (far lane) Tracy Kile --- Tii Tharpe

(LEFT) (near lane) Ricky House 6.515 - 211.49 vs (far lane) Tracy Kile 6.615 - 221.20

(RIGHT) Tii Tharpe 7.169 - 146.24


Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe

Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe


PRO MODIFIED - Qualifying Session #2 (FINAL)


Todd Tutterow --- Chip King

(LEFT) Todd Tutterow 6.019 243.50

(RIGHT) Chip King 5.917 - 244.47


Brandon Snider

Brandon Snider 6.001 - 240.68


PRO STOCK Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)

(near lane) Erica Enders vs (far lane) Greg Anderson

(near lane) Erica Enders 6.620 - 208.91 vs (far lane) Greg Anderson 6.612 - 207.88


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)
Steve Johnson

Steve Johnson


(near lane) Angie Smith vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck --- (near lane) Andrew Hines vs (far lane) John Hall

(LEFT) (near lane) Angie Smith 6.878 - 196.50 vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck 6.892 - 195.11

(RIGHT) (near lane) Andrew Hines 6.905 - 196.73 vs (far lane) John Hall 6.908 - 194.32


John Hall --- Ryan Oehler

(LEFT) John Hall

(RIGHT) Ryan Oehler 6.922 - 196.99


FUNNY CAR Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)

Cruz Pedregon

Cruz Pedregon 3.988 - 316.38


(near lane) Jack Beckman vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson --- (near lane) Matt Hagan vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr.

(LEFT) (near lane) Jack Beckman 4.621 - 179.90 vs (far lane) Tim Wilkerson 4.516 - 189.95

(RIGHT) (near lane) Matt Hagan 4.457 - 199.29 vs (far lane) Tommy Johnson Jr. 4.141 - 244.12


TOP FUEL Qualifying - Session #2 (FINAL)
(near lane) Kyle Wurtzel vs (far lane) Lex Joon --- Shawn Langdon

(LEFT) (near lane) Kyle Wurtzel 4.818 - 153.54 vs (far lane) Lex Joon 4.444 - 189.58

(RIGHT) Shawn Langdon 4.187 - 216.69


Justin Ashley --- Steve Torrence

(LEFT) Justin Ashley 4.586 - 170.06

(RIGHT) Steve Torrence 3.854 - 321.35


SUNDAY - Eliminations


TOP FUEL - Eliminations - Round One


(near lane) Pat Dakin vs (far lane) Doug Foley --- Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) Pat Dakin (near lane) (0.082) 3.837 - 320.74 vs Doug Foley (far lane) (0.089) 3.893 - 270.27

(RIGHT) Doug Kalitta (0.070) 3.767 - 325.85

Lex Joon --- Joe Morrison

(LEFT) Lex Joon (0.091) 4.586 - 181.86

(RIGHT) Joe Morrison (0.102) 4.083 - 204.56


(near lane) Shawn Langdon vs (far lane) Leah Pruett --- (near lane) Terry Totten vs (far lane) Billy Torrence

(LEFT) Shawn Langdon (near lane) (0.055) 3.839 - 304.19 vs Leah Pruett (far lane) (0.074) 3.749 - 325.53

(RIGHT) Terry Totten (near lane) (-0.020) 4.075 - 282.24 vs Billy Torrence (far lane) (0.085) 3.801 - 314.12


FUNNY CAR - Eliminations - Round One


Tim Wilkerson --- Mike McIntire Jr.

(LEFT) Tim Wilkerson (0.086) 4.413 - 203.25

(RIGHT) Mike McIntire Jr. (0.092) 4.608 - 187.83


Terry Haddock (0.169) 4.194 - 277.89


PRO STOCK - Eliminations - Round One


Jason Line

Jason Line 0.074 6.607 - 208.33


PRO STOCK MOTORCYCLE - Eliminations - Round One


Hector Arana Jr. --- Hector Arana Jr.

Hector Arana Jr. (0.042) - 6.897 - 196.39


(near lane) Jerry Savoie vs (far lane) Scotty Pollachek --- (near lane) Jerry Savoie vs (far lane) Scotty Pollachek

(near lane) Jerry Savoie (0.002) 6.920 - 194.46 vs (far lane) Scotty Pollacheck (0.022) 6.861 - 198.29


Scotty Pollacheck --- Matt Smith

(LEFT) Scotty Pollacheck

(RIGHT) Matt Smith (0.066) 7.006 - 195.73


Andrew Hines --- Andrew Hines

Andrew Hines (0.047) 6.902 - 196.85


PRO STOCK - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane0 Chris McGaha vs (far lane) Jason Line

(near lane) Chris McGaha (0.031) 6.654 - 207.66 vs (far lane) Jason Line (0.042) 6.632 - 208.01


PRO MODIFIED - Eliminations - Round Two


(near lane) Khalid alBalooshi vs (far lane) Jonathan Gray

(near lane) Khalid alBalooshi (0.089) 5.795 - 250.60 vs Jonathan Gray (0.026) 5.834 - 249.35


TOP FUEL HARLEY - Eliminations - Round One


(near lane) Ryan Peery (0.121) 5.515 - 219.04 vs (far lane) Tracy Kile (0.097) 6.619 - 207.34


Tracy Kile --- Tracy Kile --- Tracy Kile

Tracy Kile


--- Randal Andras

Randal Andras (0.098) 6.467 - 213.68


Tii Tharpe --- Tii Tharpe

Tii Tharpe (0.051) 6.522 - 195.56


TOP FUEL - Eliminations - Round Three


(near lane) Leah Pruett vs (far lane) Steve Torrence --- (near lane) Terry McMillen vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta

(LEFT) (near lane) Leah Pruett (0.084) 3.861 - 316.60 vs (far lane) Steve Torrence (0.078) 3.819 - 320.51

(RIGHT) (near Lane) Terry McMillen (0.071) 4.043 - 282.85 vs (far lane) Doug Kalitta (0.089) 4.059 - 260.41


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